Re: (OPE-L) Systematic Dialectics and the Presentation of Historical Detail in Volume I of _Capital_

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Tue Mar 23 2004 - 09:37:18 EST

--On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 10:58 AM +0000 Andrew Brown
<Andrew@LUBS.LEEDS.AC.UK> wrote:

> To grasp a system entails grasping how the system comes in to
> being just as much as it entails grasping how, once it has come into
> being, it 'posits its own presuppositions', don't you think?

Yes, Andy.  This is what I was getting at in my remarks about Luxemburg's
*Introduction to Political Economy*.

Jerry, I agree with Andy that you seem to put too much weight on those two
letters.  If Marx were so driven by 'materialistic' interest for his own
monetary income through publishing more of *Capital*, he had A LOT of
additional material around to put out and what he had could have come out
sooner.  On the other hand, his son-in-law in his reflections on Marx
stated how meticulous Marx's was about getting things 'right'.  That's not
consistent with a person driven to publish more for his own direct monetary
interests.  Yours is, frankly, a simplistic use of materialism, in my


RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY,  Paul Zarembka, editor, Elsevier Science

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